A brief report on rape myth acceptance: differences between police officers, law students, and psychology students in the United Kingdom.

Violence and victims

PubMedID: 25774419

Sleath E, Bull R. A brief report on rape myth acceptance: differences between police officers, law students, and psychology students in the United Kingdom. Violence Vict. 2015;30(1):136-47.
A common perception is that police officers hold very negative attitudes about rape victims. Therefore, the purpose of this article is to establish whether police officers do accept stereotypical rape myths at a higher level compared to members of other populations. There were 3 comparison samples, composed of police officers, law students, and psychology students, that completed the Illinois Rape Myth Acceptance scale. Male and female police officers accepted "she lied" myths at a higher level than the student samples. Student samples were found to accept 2 types of rape myths ("she asked for it" and "he didn't meant to") at a higher level compared to police officers. No significant differences were found in the other 4 subfactors. Therefore, the pattern of results suggests that police officers do not adhere to stereotypical myths about rape victims more than do other populations.